Comcast and Mayor Nutter Kick off Year Two of Groundbreaking Internet Essentials Program Designed to Help Close Digital Divide

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, along with Comcast Chairman and

CEO Brian Roberts and Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, today

announced year two of Internet

Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption

program designed to help close the digital divide for low-income

Americans. In its first full year of availability, more than 100,000

families – that’s more than 400,000 Americans – are now online. Comcast

continues to enhance the program with new features and processes

designed to accelerate enrollment in the program. In the Greater

Philadelphia market area, more than 3,250 low-income families, or 13,000

residents, are now online because of Internet Essentials.

Also appearing at the event at Constitution High School was former NFL

Coach and National Internet Essentials spokesman Tony Dungy.

“Internet Essentials is bringing the transformative power of the

Internet into homes all across the United States as well as right here

in Philadelphia,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast

Corporation. “There is no more important back to school supply than an

Internet connection. With it, kids will grow up digitally literate and

in a better position to graduate prepared to go to college or to compete

for good paying jobs in an increasingly digital and global economy.”

“As our society becomes more reliant on technology, those who aren’t

connected are getting left behind,” said Mayor Nutter. “Bridging the

digital divide is not just important for Philadelphia, it is vital. The

Internet Essentials program helps achieve that goal by linking

low-income Philadelphians to low-price computers and internet service

and will continue to do so in its second year.”

According to David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Executive Vice

President, “Internet Essentials helps entire families take advantage of

all the Internet has to offer. Whether connecting students to online

resources so they can do homework or connecting parents to their

children’s school to see grades in real time, Internet Essentials helps

make vital connections and communications happen.”

“It’s critical that low-income families take advantage of opportunities

like the Internet Essentials program,” said Dungy. “The Internet

provides access to a world of knowledge and resources that kids and

families today simply cannot live without. The world is moving too fast

and families who are not online at home are being left behind. It’s our

responsibility to help level the playing field and get more families


In partnership with Comcast, A&E Networks helped illustrate the

importance of online education through an event that featured a trivia

contest and a screening for its new season of How the States Got

Their Shapes at the National Constitution Center. “H2’s How the

States Got Their Shapes is a great example of the outstanding

content Comcast brings to homes and schools through the Internet

Essentials program,” said Dr. Libby O’Connell, Chief Historian and SVP,

Corporate Outreach for H2. “We are so pleased to be here in Philadelphia

to help bridge the digital divide and celebrate the launch of a new

season.” How the States Got Their Shapes premieres on H2 on

Saturday, September 29 at 10EST.

Internet Essentials: New in 2012:

Since Internet Essentials launched, Comcast has made a number of program

enhancements including:

Internet Essentials Program Details:

Internet Essentials addresses three primary barriers to broadband

adoption that research has identified: a lack of understanding of how

the Internet is relevant and useful, the cost of a home computer and the

cost of the Internet service. Program participants receive:

A household is eligible to participate if it meets all of the following


Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program through the end of

the 2013-2014 school year. Any household that qualifies will remain

eligible for Internet Essentials if at least one child eligible for

either a free or reduced lunch remains living in the household.

In Philadelphia, Comcast is working with a growing network of

community-based organizations to spread the word about Internet

Essentials and provide digital literacy training. Those organizations

include Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia,

Freedom Rings Partnership, LIFT-Philadelphia, Philadelphia OIC, Urban

Affairs Coalition and YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

For general information about Internet Essentials, please visit

for English and visit

for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread

the word can find more information at

Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for

Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.

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is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information

and communications products and services. Comcast is principally

involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in

the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news,

sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal.

Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet

and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is

the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates

entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast

networks, local television station groups, television production

operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.